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Killing off the libraries

By johnboy 21 February 2007 31

Students of history will know that a decline of civilisations can be observed through the reduction of services at the periphery.

So it’s interesting to see on the ABC that the same consultancy report who did for Griffith library is now gunning for more:

“It also recommends that one library at Tuggeranong be closed while libraries at group centres like Dickson and Kippax be scaled back.”

Mr Hargreaves says it won’t be the report that leads him to close more libraries (leaving the way open it would seem, to close more anyway, just without warning the community).

When the organs of the State have withered away does that mean we can ignore their stupid regulations as well?

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miz 10:42 pm 22 Feb 07

I read far more books than I can afford to buy – ditto my children. The Public Library Service is a great equaliser. People who don’t realise that probably haven’t stepped into one lately.

I have experienced many days when I haven’t even had the money for a newspaper, let alone a book to read – but I’ve still had access to these via the Public Library. I think I would have gone bonkers without it.

And don’t forget that the internet is A resource, but cannot be relied on: it is massively weighted with American content, and moreover it’s not always easy to distinguish between opinion and fact.

emd 4:03 pm 22 Feb 07

My kids aren’t even old enough to read, but they love the local library. It’s a great way to introduce them to mountains of books without spending mountains of money. Plus I love letting them loose to choose as many as they want. Can’t do that at bookshops.

I’ve used libraries myself for uni study, up til a year ago. No way would I fork out the money for all those books that I only use for a few months. And being a distance ed student, the uni library is too far away for practical use.

Local libraries are important. This government really does need a kick up the arse.

louise 2:49 pm 22 Feb 07

All those who want super-schools and super-libaries, and shop at super-markets, and eat at super-fast food outlets should go and live in a super-housing estate – 1950’s UK housing estate style.

Come back when you have experienced the social reality of your penny-pinching dream.

Avy 2:09 pm 22 Feb 07

>Anyway the library system needs a re-jig… it needs to be competitive with the internet for information.. even though you could say that the interweb is pretty loose with facts, it is still fast and easy.

Boulderdash – the library needs to change no more than a restaurant needs to change because McDonalds is ‘fast and easy’. The ACT libraries are extremely well patronised. Anyone who’d set foot in an ACT library would know this.

If ACTION was run like the ACT library service, more people would take the bus.

Absent Diane 1:41 pm 22 Feb 07

Going insane, what do you mean by that?

louise 12:56 pm 22 Feb 07

Word has it that a lot of decisions come from very ‘high up’, and I have heard the word ‘dictator’ used a fair bit from our long-suffering public servants. As for closing a much-loved and used library without consultation (because he knew the answer) – there’s not much sign of democracy in any of that.

There’s no need to go insane because you don’t like the comparison.

kiwi61 12:56 pm 22 Feb 07

I’m betting they’re going to build two whizz bang huge friggin monstrosities of libraries at the Jerrabomberra Hilton and the Mitchell Youth Detention Centre and we’ll all be invited to share the facilities with the inmates, just like the Gungahlin people have been invited to share the pool at the Detention Centre.
Who says our rates aren’t going to something useful?

Absent Diane 12:50 pm 22 Feb 07

I think comparisons like that are insane. Whether you like the current gov or not.. they are far from being a facist regime or dictatorship.

gurunik 12:44 pm 22 Feb 07

economic rationalism isn’t.

louise 12:43 pm 22 Feb 07

Why is it that closing libraries feels so darn uncomfortable? Has it got something to do with goings-on during the odd Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot’s treatment of the intelligentsia, or perhaps Krystal Nacht?

They’ve closed schools, now they’re looking at libraries, maybe they’ll start to execute teachers next?

Absent Diane 12:04 pm 22 Feb 07

awesome… I used to love the laundry, upstairs is small but good for an intimate crowd.. and the espy is fantastic as well..

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